Virginia Urban Wood Group
Virginia Urban Wood Group
Welcome to the Virginia Urban Wood Group, where we envision:
"A future where the economic value of the timber after the tree eventually dies,
is just as important as the many benefits it gives the community while living."
~ Damon Barron, Treecycle America
Purpose of the Virginia Urban Wood Group
The Virginia Urban Wood Group has been created to promote the improved marketing and utilization of urban and small acreage trees as a viable part of Virginia's forest products economy.
Financial support for the Virginia Urban Wood project comes from: US Forest Service, Southern Region; Trees Virginia; and the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Virginia Urban Wood Group goals include:
- Utilize outreach, education and innovative workforce development to assist in the development of small acreage service providers which can fill a contractor void between the arborist and the traditional production logger.
- Improving the utilization of Virginia's urban and small woodlot forest resources via enhanced marketing opportunities.
- Seeking opportunities to fulfill the interest and management needs of small property landowners who have concerns over issues such as forest health, fire danger and the proper management of their woods, with the ultimate goal of aesthetically managing their small forested property.
Urban Wood Utilization Workshops
The next Urban Wood Utilization Workshop is scheduled for May 24, 2017 in Lynchburg VA at Central Virginia Community College - more info coming soon!
Susan Poizner, a renowned journalist, filmmaker, gardener, and one of the founders of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard in Toronto, Canada, traveled to Virginia for the 2017 Trees Virginia "Canopy Count" workshop in Roanoke. Her second day in Virginia was spent at the Roanoke Urban Wood Workshop in Hollins, where she recorded a video highlighting the workshop and also authored a blog detailing the urban wood program in Virginia. Click here to view Susan's video and blog!
Virginia Urban Wood Group Members
Virginia Urban Wood Group Partners
- Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Virginia Department of Forestry
- Trees Virginia (Virginia Urban Forest Council)
Other Urban Wood Websites
- The Wood Database: This thorough wood identification and information website provides color photos of hundreds of different domestic and international woods. There is also technical information for each wood including specific gravity, hardness, shrinkage, rot resistance, workability, common uses and much more. You will be amazed at the information on this site: http://www.wood-database.com/
- Smart Phone Board Foot Calculator: Norwood Sawmills has developed a board foot calculator, downloadable to both Androids and iPhones. This mobile app give you instant estimates of the board-feet in your logs according to Doyle, Scribner and International log rules. Bonus functions calculate the volume of sawn lumber and estimate the weight of your logs. Download it today and give it a try! http://www.norwoodsawmills.com/norwood-mobile-app
- Click here to watch video about New York Heartwoods, a woman-owned, local woods sawmill business in Warwick NY
- Hear the story of St. Pierre Woodworks from Floyd Virginia
- Trailer of "Felled" - a documentary film about giving new life to fallen urban trees
- Story of Rustic Timber, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- TED Talk, Damon Barron, Treecycle America: Certified Urban Forestry, Charlotte North Carolina
Grading Logs: Urban trees and wood are often a neglected natural resource. The goal of this video series is to encourage the best uses of our urban-suburban trees. The Virginia Urban Wood Group has been created to promote the improved marketing and utilization of urban and small acreage trees as a viable part of Virginia's economy.
Milling Logs: Urban trees/wood are often a neglected natural resource. The goal of this video series is to encourage the best uses of our urban-suburban trees. The Virginia Urban Wood.
Directional Felling: Cutting down trees in an urban setting can be a challenge! Sometimes there is very little room for error when there are other trees, structures or utility lines in the immediate vicinity of the tree which needs removal. The goal of this video is to introduce viewers to the Directional Felling technique.
Urban Wood Research
Before solving the challenges surrounding the marketing of urban and small parcel wood, there is a need to understand the underlying issues - physical, logistical, economical - all of which are impediments towards the better utilization of our urban trees. Virginia Tech researchers, Dr. P. Eric Wiseman and Dr. Brian Bond, have collaborated on a research project which provides better understanding of these issues, including recommendations for future actions.